Looking at These 12 Bob Hairstyles Made Me Chop My Hair—Now I'll Never Look Back

It's safe to say I've been utterly obsessed with the chin-length bob hairstyles that have emerged on some of my favorite celebs recently. As someone with a bob haircut, I fist-pump the air, acting as if I'm the CEO of some invite-only short-hair club when yet another chin-grazing look debuts on the red carpet.

But when Elsa Hosk took to her Instagram to share the most gorgeous Marilyn Monroe–inspired '50s bob––which she paired with a leather Louboutin trench coat, sheer tights, and killer patent heels––I realized I needed to give mine a bit of a glow-up.

Since I cut my hair short last year, it's stayed one length as I've eased myself into getting used to it. But I realized my bob actually looked quite heavy, especially as it had grown out. To remedy the situation, I hit up the Larry King hair salon in Notting Hill and booked in with Annie Redman, the hairstylist responsible for Nina Nesbitt's short blunt bob.


My hair before it was chopped to chin length.

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"Currently, your bob is sitting too heavy on the front," Redman explained during my appointment. "I am currently loving those that have more shape through the front, with a square outline or even curving up a little at the front. It makes it feel a bit edgier and more modern."

She then walked me through how she'd add shape to my bob. "With the scissors, I'll point cut the whole haircut so the outline is softer," Redman explained. "I'll then bring the front corners of the bob forward and take them off to give a rounded shape where the front is no longer than the back. Then, I'll add some shorter pieces through the front and slice into the bob to give it a little bit of natural texture."


My new chin-length bob.

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The result? I'm officially in my bouncy-bob era and loving every second of it. I think there used to be this feeling that you couldn't do much with bob haircuts and that longer hair gave a lot more scope for new and exciting creations, but that couldn't be further from the truth. "This haircut is great because you can dress it up or down by either doing a glamorous blowout using mousse for lots of body or put in a salt spray and diffuse it for a relaxed look," Redman said. "You have a nice wave to your hair, so it'll also dry really nice naturally."

Versatile chin-length bobs are very much here to stay. Here are 12 looks I'm currently loving.

The Best Chin-Length Bobs


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Hosk's choppy bob looks stunning with a center part and some natural texture.


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Kerry Washington's look is giving all-out glam. I am living for her sweeping, voluminous fringe.


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Emma Chamberlain's style is a cross between a shag cut and a bob. The choppy fringe gives it some real '70s edge.


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TyLynn Nguyen's sleek, slick, and elegant chin-length bob really accentuates the designer's jawline.


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Similarly to my new haircut, the front of Eleonora Romandini's bob has been cut in to give the overall look more shape and movement.


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Ever since I first saw Laura Harrier with a bob, I knew it had to be a lifelong partnership. I literally can't take my eyes off of her hair.


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If you have naturally thin hair like Hailey Bieber, cutting it shorter can make it appear thicker and fuller.


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Fashion influencer Grece Ghanem is known for her iconic gray cheekbone-skimming bob.


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If a voluminous side-parted chin-length bob is good enough for Zendaya, it's good enough for me.


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Sweeping bangs and natural waves make this cut feel super chic and Parisian. It also beautifully elongates Chloe Miles's neck.


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Amy Lefévre's bob also feels like it has a '70s shag-cut edge to it, and I am feeling very tempted.


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I'm also tempted to take my bob slightly above the chin after seeing this effortlessly cool look on Oluwaseun Ogunsola.

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Mollie Burdell is a freelance beauty editor, presenter and host. She trained as a makeup artist at the prestigious Delamar Academy, covering everything from prosthetics and theatre to TV and film, and then went on to graduate from university with a First Class Honours degree in journalism.After completing internships at Grazia, Look, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, she landed her first writer role at Superdrug's Dare magazine. Mollie then joined the Harrods content team as a beauty writer before being promoted to the deputy beauty editor. There, she developed the content strategy, tone of voice and creative identity for H Beauty—Harrods's standalone regional beauty stores. When she wasn't interviewing the likes of Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Regé-Jean Page, you'd find her on a live broadcast, hosting an event, shooting video content, reviewing the lastest beauty launch on social or crafting a magazine feature. She has also hosted and contributed to the LuxeGirl by SheerLuxe YouTube series.When Mollie isn't writing about beauty, you'll find her talking about it on a TikTok shop, dancing to pretty much anything with a beat, reading a crime thriller or performing a solo rendition of "One Day More" from Les Mis.